BarnyardDirector: Steve Oedekerk, Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott
A cow learns to walk like a man, both literally and figuratively, in this computer-animated comedy written and directed by Steve Oedekerk, the creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Ben (voice of Sam Elliott) is a cow who for years has been the leader and sober voice of reason among the animals at a farm where the critters are a bit unusual -- they can walk on two legs, talk, swim, and act like humans, though they have the good sense to avoid doing these things while humans are around. Ben has long dreamed that his son Otis (voice of Kevin James) would someday take over his duties on the farm, but Otis is a carefree and irresponsible type who would rather party with his friends and hang out with his girlfriend, Daisy (voice of Courteney Cox). Ben and his friend Miles (voice of Danny Glover), a wise and patient mule, wonder if Otis will ever make anything of himself, while Dasiy's best friend, Bessy (voice of Wanda Sykes), is convinced she can do better. However, one night Otis decides to do something about an obnoxious kid who enjoys tipping his fellow cows, and for the first time in his life he gets a taste of leadership -- and he likes it. Barnyard also features the voice talents of Andie MacDowell, Maria Bamford, and Maurice LaMarche.
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Cast & Crew
|Kevin James||Otis the Cow|
|Courteney Cox||Daisy the Cow|
|Sam Elliott||Ben the Cow|
|Danny Glover||Miles the Mule|
|Wanda Sykes||Bessy the Cow|
|Andie MacDowell||Etta the Hen|
|David Koechner||Dag the Coyote|
|Jeff Garcia||Pip the Mouse|
|Cam Clarke||Freddy the Ferret|
|Rob Paulsen||Peck the Rooster,Gopher|
|Tino Insana||Pig the Pig|
|Dom Irrera||Duke the Dog|
|Scott S. Bullock||Eddy the Cow|
|Maurice LaMarche||Igg the Cow|
|Madeline Lovejoy||Maddy the Chick|
|Nathaniel Stroman||Root the Rooster|
|Steve Oedekerk||Snotty Boy,Mr. Beady,Snotty Boy's Father|
|Maria Bamford||Mrs. Beady|
|John DiMaggio||Officer O'Hanlon|
|Jill Talley||Snotty Boy's Mother|
|Laraine Newman||Snotty Boy's Friend|
|Katie Leigh||Snotty Boy's Friend,Additional Barnyard Voice|
|North Mississippi Allstars||Barn Boys|
|Georgia Van Newkirk||Chick|
|Leigh French||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|William Clavert||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Julianne Buescher||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Nicholas Guest||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Audrey Wasilewski||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Philip Proctor||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Archie Hahn||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Chad Einbinder||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Keith Anthony||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Claudette Wells||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Lynne Stewart||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Christine Mellor||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Justin Moran Shenkarow||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Jacqueline Pinol||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Nika Futterman||Additional Barnyard Voice|
|Eddie Frierson||Additional Barnyard Voice|
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Movie was cute. I'm wondering why the bulls had udders.
I really felt like this movie should have been rated PG-13. I started watching this with my four year and found out rather quickly that it was inappropriate for young children and had very mature subject matter. It deals with death and is very scary for young children. We ended up turning it off.
I took my 3 year old brother to see this at my local cinema. We both enjoyed it. And I'm gonna get it on DVD for him for Christmas when it comes out on December , 12th , 2006.
The movie in terms of story was good, but it is very difficult for a parent sitting next to a confused 4 year old who is constantly asking if Otis is a boy or a girl!. Surely animaters should consider the implications of their drawings on little children. Exactly how did they expect us to explain a bisexual cow to the kids.
I loved this movie, I took four of my little cousins to see it and they enjoyed it as well.
I actually had plans on seeing this movie in the theater and never got around to it. Pretty funny movie--the parts that were funny were VERY VERY funny. It wasn't non stop laughing but well worth the price of a rental. Don't get the udders on the bull cows though--wth was the deal with that???
Though promoted as a childrens film, several disturbing subtexts are inserted plotwise.
The animals inhabit a farm owned by a "vegan" farmer. Yet the farmer raises all sorts of livestock. Why would he own chickens, cattle and the rest? The farmer is represented as incompetent, yet he has a spacious hen house. A cow meets his demise, and we see the grave. We do not see the cow commmitted to the earth. Was it? Of course not. The farmer profits from the beef as he does from the eggs the hens provide.
A disturbing Oedipal character, Otis, a bovine of hermaphroditic appearence, attends a riotous party while his Father figure, Ben, is killed by coyotes. Otis therefore "marries" the farm, usurping the ruminant he let die. The indeterminant gender of Otis is further clouded by the birthing scene, where a large bull, with massive horns, observes with the rest of the livestock. Is the bull the father? The child is deemed to be male, yet shows the same physical traits of androgynous Otis.
Yet the unnaturalness continues: A weasel is left to guard the henhouse. A test of his morality? Or a further subjugation of genetics by the Farmer? What of the poultry, eggspecting safety while they slumber?
The Farmer, caucasian, owns a tractor. Why then does the horse, voiced by Danny Glover, wear a yoke? Is this only to remind the audience of the horses enslavement? Why does the horse not remove its emblem of shame? The horse should have been portrayed by Mr. T, and been adorned with a yoke of gold.
Finally, the villains in this film are the only creatures that stay true to their nature. The coyotes do not drive, dance, or creep into the bedrooms of small boys. They are scrawny and ill fed, and eat to survive. The animals of the Barnyard are plump, and numbed by their luxurious life. They know nothing of survival: they live in a grass menagerie, like the makers of this dribble.
Recommended for the feeble of mind, children of low potential, and in-laws.
The udders on the male bovines were "udderly" ridiculous. It threw me off throughout the movie. My seven yr old picked up on it first, as we live in the country and she knows what's up! When I joined her, I understood her frustration.
The kids enjoyed this and I guess that’s all that matters. To me this film at times feels like it was made by the Farrelly Brothers. It’s slapstick humor and it's wildly nutty behavior that makes it look like an R-rated comedy, makes it all the while more funny The story is sort of like a parody of Lion King. Farmers on a farm are keeping animals under their eye and well protected. And animals pretty much behave like, well, animals. But what happens when the farmers out. Well, the party begins, as these animals somehow behave more like humans, crazily partying around with the rest of the animals. And a carefree cow is held responsible for whatever goes on. He's in charge. And he needs to protect the farm from their enemies, the Coyotes. Otis the carefree cow, pretty much don't take it seriously. Ben, a cow who takes it very seriously is giving advice to Otis to grow up and all that. When Ben is no longer able to lead, Otis tries to keep order but the role of leader does not come as naturally for him. Without Ben to keep everyone in line, absolute mayhem breaks loose and it isn't long before the farmer begins to get to the bottom of the animals' secret--and the scheming coyotes begin to think that the farm could be theirs for the taking. Just don't take this film seriously, especially not the story. The problem with the film is that, we’ve seen it all before. They are either about animals, or insects, or well CARS. And this film has similarities with many animated films. The story is nothing new at all. And that is its drawback. And its approach is rather conventional with dumb looking characters that are half baked. But there are sweet moments that don't get too sentimental. Another weakness is it’s weaker than expected animation. It’s not fair to have such an average animation to a funny movie. If the film's animation was heighten to a better quality, it would've been better than it already was. However, I really liked the jokes, which seem to have been aimed at adults. But the animation was passable. The film has some really outrageously hilarious moments, giving you snort out loud laughs. The animals are more human-like than actual animals, and they love partying around, all night. They behave like those characters from Ace Ventura films or other Oedekerk films. In short, it’s simply a mindless comedy with a lot of great laughs. What happens in the Barnyard stays in the Barnyard.